Jennifer van der Kleut
Waymo, Google’s self-driving spin-off company, is reportedly forming a partnership with an startup out of Danville, California to insure passengers of its future self-driving car-hailing service, according to multiple news outlets including the Wall Street Journal.
The startup, based in Danville, California, is called Trov, Inc. Trov CEO Scott Walchek said the company will be working with Waymo “behind the scenes” to insure riders for any medical expenses, property damage or lost property. Walchek also said that, in most cases, the passengers won’t even be aware, since passengers won’t be charged for the service.
Waymo previously said it hopes to launch a test of its driverless ride-hailing service — which will be similar to apps like Uber and Lyft but with a driverless fleet — with at least a few vans in the Phoenix Metro area by next year.